Disabled Organization for Legal Affairs and Social Economic Development (DOLASED)
Country of Operation
- Tanzania Federation of Disabled People OrganizationsNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryDOLASED develops materials in Braille that will provide information on HIV testing, preventing transmission of the virus, and practical advice on caring for people with AIDS. The materials—most in Kiswahili with some in English—are being produced on Tanzania’s single Braille printing press.
Tanzanians who are blind, deaf, albinos, deaf-blind, physically or mentally disabled are especially vulnerable in the HIV/AIDS crisis because the standard communications channels that inform and educate other citizens simply do not reach them. DOLASED has helped to develop and introduce HIV/AIDS education materials and peer support for deaf, blind, and handicapped persons in selected rural and urban areas of Tanzania.
Key program components
DOLASED develops materials in Braille that provides information on HIV testing, preventing transmission of the virus, and practical advice on caring for people with AIDS. Peer educators (who are disabled themselves) and who live in the community are trained to convey correct messages about HIV control measures to the disabled and to the many families taking care of disabled people. DOLASED is using mass media such as radio, TV, and newspapers to publicize its efforts and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.